Thursday, April 10, 2014

A SNAIL'S PACE ...still

I am nearly half way finished.  
Hope to make it in time for the holidays.  
Will be wrapping up the 'Algerian Eyelet Alphabet'.  
Just 'X', 'Y' & 'Z' left plus the '&' symbol. 
The photo of the pattern does not have the 'Y' but,
 it is included on the pattern, sooo, I too will include it.
 The tan colored Algerian eyelet letters have been a challenge... too close to the linen color.  
I finally started to use one of my hoops and it does help. 
Will finish the lower half of the strawberry border next...
Thanks for visiting, wishing Peace & Blessings to all,

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Here is our view from our patio ... 
This is the Cajon Pass blanketed with clouds and peeking above them are the 
Wrightwood Mountains & Snow Summit... 
The River Walk can be seen at the bottom of my picture and it borders the Mojave River that is usually dry on the surface but runs below the surface ... Yup, on the other side you can see water streaming down from the mountains of Lake Arrowhead.
Yaaaa, We got rain but still short of the average.  It's a start.

Enjoy the day!
Peace and Blessings to all,

Monday, February 17, 2014

ELOISE Update ... a snail's pace.

Here I am 33 days later... I stitch when I can and 
I must be in the mood for it. 
 Otherwise... mistakes galore.  
NOT to imply that this is perfect, 
cause I KNOW it's NOT.
The challenge has been rewarding for far.
Guess that's cause I love the Heloise William's Sampler and knew years ago when I first saw her, and before I ever did any cross-stitching, 
that I wanted one just like it..

 A little closer look...

The alphabet is going faster than I thought 
sooo, until they are ALL done ...
I will bid you safe keeping with 
Peace & Blessings to all. 

Thanks for visiting and thanks for sharing your blogs as they are my inspirations.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beginnings of My "Heloise Williams Sampler"

A belated...

Happy Thanksgiving,  Merry Christmas, &  Happy New Year.

It has been over 3 months since my last post.  Thanks to all you Bloggers out there cause I do check in on you often ... Your my inspiration when I'm down in the dumps.
We have been in the process of Packing, Moving(you all know it never rains in Southern California - only when you move), Thanks Giving, Christmas, New Years and finally attempting to get settled-in and organized.  Not sure the later will ever happen.  So many wonderful friends have offered to help, but we simply do not know where everything will go... soooo have had to graciously decline their kind and generous offers. We just get a wee bit accomplished each day and as the settling-in continues it is finally starting to feel more like home.  At times I feel like I am on a roll... until???? 
All of this has been too boring to actually post, if ya know what I mean.

Anyways, I picked up my X-stitching again and it feels so good to be able to relax and enjoy.   No matter how slow the progress it is still a step in the right direction.  I love this design.  It was the one that actually got me hooked four years ago and I am determined to get it finished sooner than later with NO planned deadline date.  
My pictures are rotten but here they are....

The Heloise Williams Sampler 

The Scarlet Letter

NOW here is what I have completed so far.  

NOT Much!

 I am working on the upper half with the alphabet section.  When I have completed this I will go on to the lower portion with the brick house and trees.  It'll be like doing two samplers as the actual size is somewhat overwhelming for me (15" x 20", using 25 count linen). 
Hope everyone out there is well and keeping warm.  We are in So Cal so have not had to deal with those horrendous freezing temps.  

 Peace and Blessings to all, 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"WORK #4 - Ohio Museum" is Framed

It's DONE...and I am 'Happy with it'.

Could not wait to get this from my framer.  He sewed the linen to the black suede board backing (very carefully).  I am very dissatisfied with the glass because of all the reflections ... but I felt the +'s outweighed the -'s.

Now I will have to wait to hang it up as we are in the process of packing for our move to our new home just before Thanksgiving. However, on the brighter side, we will be in for Christmas ~ I hope.  

Have a great day with Peace to all,

Friday, September 6, 2013

Prim dried Pineapple~Directions

I hope this helps those interested...
Compliments of "A Simpler Time - Blog"

 I will be making more...soon.
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  • Carefully cut out a round hole at the bottom of your pineapple.
  • I used an ice-cream scoop and scraped out the pineapple innards'.
  • Be very careful NOT to go too far into the outside skin, as this will weaken the shell.
  • Now is the time to generously salt the entire inside of your pineapple. 
  • Next, firmly stuff the inside with paper towels.
  • Set your oven at the lowest heat possible.  
  • Place pineapple on a baking plate in the oven.
  • Checking periodically and after several hours when the skin/shell is dried, remove the paper towels.
  • I then waded up some tin foil and replaced the paper towels to maintain its shape and not collapse in on itself.
  • Place back into the oven.
  • When you think it is thoroughly dried, remove from oven, let it stand on its own and allow too cool. 
  • Remove foil or do as I did and leave the foil in for several more days or weeks.  This is your option. 
  • It probably took about 16 hours for this process.  Depending on your oven, pineapple size and ???
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Have FUN & ENJOY as I did.

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God Bless America

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SANTA for 2002 - A Prairie Schooler Pattern

I have been buzzy and as productive as I can be under the circumstances....
Doc says "Loose weight". 
My back, knee and foot problems are all connected. 
 So I am on a quest to do what the 'Ole Doc' says...twenty pounds for starters.
 I have to cook for skinny Papa and Auntie too. that means two types of menus???
Not in my book, Sooo, they will just have to eat what I eat...
We will see how long that lasts.
Anyways, I have dried 4 small pineapples and was surprised how easy and enjoyable it was. 
Might do a few more for the holidays.  Just got to find small pineapples.
Just finished a 'Prairie Schooler' yearly Santa for 2002.

My next X-stitch project will finally be the one that caught my interest in the first place...
The Scarlet Letter
the Heloise Williams Sampler
It is an original design by Marsha Parker using many traditional 18th and early 19th century motifs.  Including the multiple borders of strawberries.
I am still enamored with this design as I was the first time I saw it. 
No more procrastinating!
I am hoping for the best in more than one way.

Blessings and Peace to all
"God Bless America"

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Mama's Fish House

Our Daughter Pam and Grandson Kyle on vacation
enjoying diner at Mama's Fish House in Hawaii,
while Daddy Jim takes their picture.
The last time they were at this restaurant, Kyle was
 in Mommy's he is on her tummy.
In the meantime we, Papa & Grammy & Auntie Sandy are puppy sitting 
Coco & Boo our two Pomeranian, furry grand babies 
so our kids can enjoy their vaca, worry free.
They will be returning this weekend fully refreshed 
and eager to get back to work ... heehee, all good things must come to an end!

 Enjoy the day with Peace and Blessings...


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Sunday, July 14, 2013


After nearly 52 years of marriage, we now have a grandson,
 Kolton M. Shores, 
who will be carrying on the 'Shores' name.
That's Papa holding our 5 month old hunk, 
Kolton and our son Jeff looking on.

Yes, we have one more grandson, 
Kyle M. Pearson, now 7 years old.
Shown here with his paternal Grandfather Dick Pearson, 
a retired U.S.Air Force pilot (Thunderbirds) and father Jim.  This had to be taken six years ago.  
This Christmas (2013), we will update 
the Generational photos.

Can you tell I am a VERY PROUD GRANDMA?

Thanks friends for visiting,
Peace & Blessing to all and 
God Bless America,

Friday, July 5, 2013


I finished the hem last night.  First I removed the 13th linen thread out from the border trim.  For me this gave a guide line to fold the linen for the hem.  I then stitched with my machine approx 1/4" beyond the omitted thread and trimmed the linen up to and close to the machine stitching.  
Folded back the linen using the omitted linen line for guidance, and using 'Liquid Stitch' (learned this from Marly) and a Q-tip (the kind used for manicuring), glued the hem.  I did not want any stitching showing on the front hemmed edge.
Next ... to the framer.  
Not sure when that will be cause I have to see my Neurosurgeon on 7/11 as I am having much difficulty walking upright.  5 years ago I had an X-stop implant between the 4th & 5th vertebrae for severe Sciatica.  It actually gave me my life back.  The x-rays taken yesterday show that the X-stop may have slipped out a little.  I surely do not want to be wheel chair bound, but then it could be worse than that.  
I have trust in the Man above and if it is His will, then so be it.

Anyways, hope your 4th was GREAT as was ours.  
Have a Super day & weekend with Peace and Blessings to all,

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


WHEEW...For me this is an accomplishment as I thought the border would take me forever.  
Actually, it went pleasantly faster than anticipated.
It is not pressed, nor the side seams sewn in place, but, besides the final finishing touches 
my X-stitchin' on this is DONE. 
YUP, it will be framed.
My only regret is that the flowers and green bird on the bottom fade into the linen...would have preferred them to be brighter ... BUT 
... that was not a change to be made as it is a copy of an original museum sampler.  
Of course, all my unintentional flaws make it mine.
None the less ...  
Happy 4th of July everyone...
Remember, this is the 

"Land of the Free, with Liberty & Justice for ALL"... 
"God Bless America"

Friday, June 21, 2013


Just wanted to show my latest WIP... I am finally down to the wire with just the border to do.  Then, it will be finished.  It has been 4 months, so does that tell you something about my speed and tenacity???
Don't look too closely as I have more than my fair share of mistakes.  Like I say, "that's good enough".  I am truely a 'primitive' sort of cross stitcher. 
Always learning something new with each project and lovin' it.

This is an 
Antique Needlework Adaptation by

Nan Lewis

Threadwork Primitives 


R. M. Martz

The Restoration of my Humble Spirit


Worke # 4 Ohio Treasure 

The pictures are not all that good, but it is the end of the day and this ole gal is getting tired.
So I will just say "that's good enough", for now.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend...

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Primitive Lamb Pantry Cake...

Sometime ago, I purchased a "Griswold Lamb Cast Iron mold".  It had been painted green so I had son sand blast it to sort of restore it to its original state... meaning rusty (in due time).  We accomplished that and I wanted to see if I could make a Primitive Pantry cake from the mold.  This is the result, actually better than expected.  Not bad for a first time try.  Am loving it and now need to find a place to display my Primitive Lamb Pantry Cake.  

For now this will do.
Sitting on top of my Crock/Bucket Bench
Those white specks are the reflection of the sea salt that was used.

Enjoy the weekend all.  
It will be 90 today and tomorrow ... time to get some of my herbs potted. 

Peace & Blessings
"God Bless America"


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SAVED from the trash bin...


This is the Prairie Schooler Santa that I ruined when attempting to turn it into an ornament.  It was my first try and the linen began to fray.    I actually had put it in  the trash.  After a good amount of thought he was retrieved as I spent too much time doing the stitching.  I trimmed away the frayed linen, did a blanket stitch at the same time sewing it to the wool.  The pillow backing is the same wool, sewn together around the edges, lightly stuffed, ironed out to flatten and VOILA ... A very primitive looking ornie that will more than likely be made to look more vintage with a sprinkling of my grungy mix of coffee, vanilla and cinnamon.

Here he is...
looking more vintage.

Hope I have not bored you ... but, I am pleased with the end result 
and to think I was prepared to toss him out. 

As always, Peace and Blessings.
Thanks for visiting, 

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Vibrant Rainbow

This Bright and beautiful Rainbow has been appearing in our garage as the morning sun is shining through the garage door window...onto the silvery backside of my husbands 'ARMY' decal that is affixed to the golf cart windshield and then reflecting onto the coverlet in our golf cart.  

Isn't it vibrant and beautiful ~ and only about 12" tall?

"God Bless America" 
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

A snail's pace - progress is progress.

This is just an update on the sampler 
'Worke # 4 Ohio Treasure'   
that I have been working on... 
NOT much progress but it is progress.
I am working on the alphabet first 
then onto the cute birds & flowers.
Thanks for visiting ... 
Will be doing some baking today.  
Getting ready for the Family's Easter get together this weekend.
Wishing you a Happy & Blessed Easter,

Friday, February 22, 2013


"Briar Rabbit" by La-D-Da, 
is completely finished.
Even though I have envisioned it framed from the start,
I made a decision to make it a decorator pillow 
inspired by a recent design
from Brenda Gervais ~ "Letters for Santa".
I took a chance trying to find the right color of 'ticking fabric'.
It was almost like looking for a needle in a haystack...but I got lucky.
After toning it down with walnut crystals I think I did good.
I used cluny lace trim instead of ric rac with which I am very pleased.

Yaaaa, another finished project and I am HAPPY!

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Next pattern I have already begun working on is an 
Antique Needlework Adaptation by
Nan Lewis
Threadwork Primitives 
R. M. Martz
The Restoration of my Humble Spirit
Worke # 4 Ohio Treasure

Not much to look at yet, 
but I am really excited about this sampler
This will not be a pillow, it WILL be framed...

Thanks for visiting ...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Like the song says...

"It never rains in Southern California"   IT SNOWS!!!

From our patio looking out over the Golf course.
My St Frances of Asissi and Bunny statue and critters barn.

The Koi-less pond with a Palm tree in the background ...haaa, LUV it.
No golfers today ... YET
We are planning to move the end of this year to UTAH ... 
We are calling it California Exodus!!!
LOTS more snow there...YAaaaaaaaa!

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Here's a few more pics of my 
daughter, Sandy and grandson, Kyle...
They were surely having a great time.
Kody wants to help too! 
He even got some snow on his cute nose.

Their proud snowman ... crows finally got the carrot.

My Puppy Love, Kody says it's time to go in...It's gettin' cold out here.

Have a safe and warm day...

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Friday, January 18, 2013


I am usually very relieved when the "hectic holidays
(which I Truly Love)  are finally behind us.  
Now to finish, "Briar Rabbit" by La-D-Da, 
that I put aside to stitch 8 PS Santa Ornaments 
for 2012 Christmas.  
  It was a 'BIG' sigh of joy when I completed the set.  
Now to have this small & delightful Bunny Sampler ready for the framer next month
so we can enjoy him/her this year for Easter. 
 I am almost there . . . Yaaaaa!

Hope your holidays were spent healthy.  As for us,
one by one we came down with the 24 hour crud.

Good to be back and well...
Thanks for visiting.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Our front door wreath & KODY

Just wanted to wish you all a 

Saw the wonderful 
 'Monogramed Door Wreath'
on Yvonne's Blog,
Could not resist it and ordered one for us. 
First initial is for hubs 'C', 
center and bigger initial 'S', our last name, 
and initial on right 'B' is mine. 
(CSB) I did not follow the rules but 
that was my choice. 

It was sponge painted red and then added
clear German Glass Glitter to gussy up our 
prim'n rusty Christmas wreath.

 Our front porch is small and was able to include our rusty punched tin lantern.

I think it all says "WELCOME"... 

Just added a quick picture of Kody Bear... 
Poor baby had some lumps removed (fortunately nothing to worry about).
Now he has to wear one of those 
nasty 'lamp shades' ~ wished I could do it for him.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Keeping the Christmas Spirit . . .

We are asking the Lord with much prayer for ALL the victims in Newtown, to heal and find as much Peace as is possible.  It is difficult to imagine such a sad taking of so many precious, young & innocent lives.
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This will, I am sure, be my last post until next year.  So, may I wish you All a very  
Merry Christmas 
with Love, Peace & Blessings
 and a 
Happy & Prosperous New Year.

Also, here is a picture of my final Prairie Schooler, #8, Santa ornament ~ I did it, Yaaaa!
& my last Cloved Pear has nearly shrunk down to the size of my first but, with a better shape ... wished I could say the same.
Am sharing some of our Home with Christmas Decorations ... Hope you enjoy the visit.


Thanks for following and Blessings to ALL...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012



I love these as much as I love making the traditional orange and lemon pomanders.   
Up 'til this year I never saw anything like a cloved pear. 
Perhaps I am living a sheltered life, 
which I highly doubt.

When I saw Marly's I knew I had to try my hand at it.
She has been very generous and patient giving instructions on 
'How to Make' these lovely and delightful pears.  
Thanks so much Marly (Samplers & Santas) for sharing this enjoyable tradition.
The one on the right is my first big plump and juicy (NOT a Bosc) pear and I thought I'd never do another.  It was labeled 'Bosc' (what do I know about pears as they are not one of my favorite fruits for eating) so I bought it.  

Next time shopping I found a real 'Bosc' pear - properly marked, and I knew instantly that the first one was NOT.
The pear on the right is the 'real Bosc'.  Certainly a more wonderful, taller pear shape.  
It has been about 4 days since being cloved and appears to be doing very well.  I did not roll and rub this one around in ground cinnamon and cloves as I did shorty (now about 4 weeks old) and I do prefer the look.  Looks like it is shrinking nicely.

Happy Holidays! 
Thanks for visiting ...
Peace & Blessings to all.